Black Bear Film Festival Salon, October 17, 2014: “Women Who Run Away (to Wilkes-Barre): ‘Susie’ and the Image of Transgression in the First Paramount Silent Comedies”

On October 17, 2014, at 5:00 pm, Noreen O’Connor of the King’s College Department of English will present “Women Who Run Away (to Wilkes-Barre): “Susie” and the Image of Transgression in the First Paramount Silent Comedies” at the Black Bear Film Festival Salon.

O’Connor will screen two short silent films–“Susie Slips One Over” (released by Paramount Pictures in 1917) and “His Neglected Wife” (released by Arrow Films in 1919) both of which starred Leatrice Joy–and will give a brief introduction about her research on the United States Motion Picture Corporation, a film company based in Wilkes-Barre and Forty Fort that produced the first comedies for Paramount Pictures. She will also discuss the silent era comedies starring Susie and the image of the “woman who runs away.”

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